assistant professor of old testament
Phone Office: 617-396-4593
School of Theology and Ministry
140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Dr. Frechette's primary passion for research and teaching is to interpret the biblical text in ways that uncover its capacity to support people in cultivating relationship with God, particularly when they face complex and difficult situations. His scholarship focuses mainly on interpreting the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and related ancient texts. However, in his teaching he stresses that both testaments constitute for Christians a single canon, and he helps students to see relationships among particular texts across both testaments.
Dr. Frechette recognizes that much of what is in the Bible, especially the Old Testament, can seem strange and even bizarre to modern readers. His work in the languages, literature, history, and cultures of the ancient Near East is aimed at interpreting these texts in ways that are grounded in the human realities from which they emerged and in which they were employed in antiquity. He also attempts to draw analogies between contemporary human experience and what is reflected in the biblical texts. In this regard, he is particularly interested in employing insights from the social sciences into how people experience, respond to, and recover from loss and trauma. He is currently co-chair of the consultation for the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, "Biblical Literature and the Hermeneutics of Trauma."
For a window into how Dr. Frechette's research into ancient culture informs his biblical scholarship, visit the Boston College Library Faculty Publication Highlights site which features a 30-minute video interview of him discussing his recent monograph.
During academic year 2013-14, Dr. Frechette is on leave of absence from the School of Theology and Ministry. For more informtation on upcoming events and lectures please visit https://www2.bc.edu/christopher-frechette/.